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A new year is upon us, and it’s time to think about fresh starts and resolutions. Everybody, regardless of their beliefs, makes New Year’s resolutions. As Catholics, though, we should make ours with reverence and a renewed sense of becoming “a new creation.” What will you resolve this year that will honor God and further His kingdom on the earth?

  • Resolve to strive for holiness. Practice your beliefs, trusting God with your life and looking to the future with confidence and faith. Take time to pray and read the Bible, limiting the time you spend entrenched in the things of this world.
  • Live generously. Resolve to think of others first, and spread God’s love throughout the world. Give generously, not just of your money, but also of your time and talents, so that you may bless others with your gifts and resources. Be generous with your compassion, too, remembering that every person has problems, and striving to spread the gospel of peace wherever you go.
  • Make a resolution to live a balanced life. While we must always be mindful of our spiritual health, it’s important to care for our own physical and mental health as well. This year, practice balanced living in all you do, whether it’s your diet, your interactions with others, or your commitments. Prioritize the things that are truly important to you, and don’t overexert yourself on the things that are not as important.
  • Plan for your future. As Catholics, we can look to the future with hope and anticipation. While many of the resolutions we have listed here have an eye on preparing us for heaven, there’s something to be said for our earthly futures as well. This year, why not resolve to preplan for your end of life arrangements? You’ll be helping your family by taking control of these plans, easing the burden for them during a time when they’re grieving your loss. What’s more, preplanning allows you to be in charge of your funeral arrangements, making your final service everything you would want it to be.

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. Committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting, we welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places. If you have questions about our properties or preplanning, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.


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